Top 10 Hardest Mario & Luigi Bosses


The Top Ten

1 Cackletta Soul

In the original games, this boss is very likely to go first, meaning that there's a chance of losing immediately.

The remake makes this boss even harder due to two changes:
1) Her arms become elemental, meaning that Fire and Thunder Bros. (and their stronger counterparts) can heal her arms if your attack targets the wrong arm.
2) There was an attack she uses in the original that requires you to knock back energy orbs, damaging her. In the remake, this attack doesn't reflect, so no loads of damage to the boss when this move is used. The remake also gave the bestiary better stats, somher attacks hits harder.

While the boss is hard it wasn't unfair like everyone says - Pikachu7586

This boss was so tricky! She has so much HP and you can't even attack her soul unless you defeat the other parts of her, and it takes forever! Even with Easy Mode this boss is very hard! - darthvadern

I did find Cackletta to be a bit difficult, and while I am a seasoned gamer, she did give a little trouble... but I’ll be casting my vote elsewhere. She isn’t as absurdly unbeatable as everyone claims. - PianoKing03

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2 Dreamy Bowser

This stage is so damn hard as a final boss is supposed to be.

It was one an incredibly tough boss fight. I didn't vote Cackletta Soul because it was hard because it was cheap. This one isn't cheap-it's just really hard! - Garythesnail

This game had tons of difficult bosses, but this one was the hardest. I mean come on nintendo...

Even when I had very good gear that lets you have infinite items, and heals BP and HP a good amount each turn, I still almost died to this boss. The hardest by far.

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3 Princess Shroob / Elder Princess Shroob

I know, right?! Nonetheless, M&L: PIT is the best Mario & Luigi game ever.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is top 1 on best Mario & Luigi games, with Superstar Saga being top 2, Bowser's Inside Story being top 3 & Dream Team being top 4.

Nah Bowser's Inside Story is easily the best of the series. But still Elder Princess Shroob is one of the hardest bosses in the series - Pikachu7586

To tough

I don't even get how people prefer M&L: BIS and M&L: DT over M&L: SS and M&L: PIT.

4 Zee Keeper

His attacks are REALLY strong, and hard to dodge. You're either lucky or skilled if you can dodge all (or at least most) of his attacks in the dimensional rift.

A pretty fun boss battle with decent challenge. Except for the motion controls glitch. That's probably why this is here.

The rift was way to easy

5 Memory ML

Yeah right. seriously megasparklegoomba in paper Mario sticker star is harder than those two wimps

6 Dark Fawful

Really? I found him rather easy. Compared to Ice Midbus, of course. - Garythesnail

7 Elder Shrooboid

The 4 turns till game over and spikey head screwed me over way too many times you need more then 4 turns

8 Dark Star X

That guy sucked to beat with him having like nine fakes instead of six

9 Big Massif

I found him pretty easy

10 Queen Bean

This one's easy! - darthvadern

The Contenders

11 Antasma X

The original Antasma was arguably my favorite fight in the game, and it certainly delivered on difficulty, but Antasma X was NIGHTMARISH. You get only 14 turns to defeat him-and if he sends you to the nightmare world, you lose one. You'll need to use as many Luiginary attacks as possible if you even want a chance of taking him down. - Garythesnail

Antasma is my favorite boss in any RPG game.

This is the only boss I can't beat

This guy was absurd if you weren’t powered up enough... - PianoKing03

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12 Bowser X

Not only do you have to get through the 6 X bosses before him in the boss rush to battle him, his attacks are borderline impossible to avoid and he does a TON of damage. - Garythesnail

This guy is a nightmare. First of all, you have 35 turns to beat him AND every other battle ring boss. Second, even if you're a master magic window attacker, it's incredibly hard, since he INHALES your bros. items. His attacks are hard to dodge, plus they do insane amounts of damage! The first time I played this game, it took me 10 TRIES OF PURE AGONY just to beat him! The only reason I won the 10th time is because I Magic Window'd 5,000 of his HP. Even dealing the last 2,000 damage is brutal! How is he not #1?!

How this not in the top 5 at least! cackletta's soul should also be in the top 5 but bowser x should be number one. He has very powerful attacks, over 7000 HP, can steal your special attack items, and you have limited items and turns. Do I need to say anything else to convince you that he should be number.

13 Ludwig and Larry (Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam) Ludwig and Larry (Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam)

Honestly, both the first and second battle were difficult, even for me. Many people consider this the most difficult boss in Paper Jam. I think they should be fairly high on the list.

I played this battle like a million times and I never could beat it until I put it in easy mode these guys are beast

Yeah, it took me forever to get through these guys. Ludwig was a big problem.

Second hardest boss in PJ behind Shiny RoboBowser in my opinion. - Tyler730

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14 Fawful Express

Whaa? Fawful express? Hard? When I played bowser's inside story I thought it was very easy (I actually found all giant battles very easy, but I never reached the point where you fight peach's castle)

The DS' shoddy mic makes it hard to land Bowser's fire attacks to Excellents, which is essential for this boss. With annoying attacks and DS' mic, this is the only boss besides Bowser X that took me several tries to beat. By far the hardest of the giant fights still.

15 Dark Star Core
16 Fawful (Superstar Saga) Fawful (Superstar Saga) Fawful, known in Japan as Gerakobits, is a fictional character appearing in the Mario & Luigi series of role-playing video games developed by AlphaDream.

If you're talking about the second fight then yeah. Very hard and his shield is very annoying as well! - darthvadern

"IT IS THE OVERHEAT! " - Garythesnail

17 Bowser Jr. (Dream Team)


18 Cackletta (1st fight)

Her attacks are fast-paced and do tons of damage, and it can catch you by surprise the first time. - Garythesnail

This was pretty hard! Her attacks can be very random and it's hard to time your jumps right! - darthvadern

19 Bowser Jr (Paper Jam)

He is just our right INSANITY

20 Kamek Duo

These guys are not that bad in the main story, but in the battle ring they are incredibly tough. Both of the kameks attacks deal brutal amounts of damage that can outright KO your bros in one hit! There attacks are already difficult to dogde, especially that chase sequence...

21 Giant Bowser (Dream Team)

It was all easy until the star driver and its retarded controls. I was as mad as hell when he was revived, damn you Kamek I'm still trying to get past this abomination, thanks for wasting countless hours of my childhood Nintendo!

22 Shiny RoboBowser (Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam)

Takes a LONG time to beat and at the level I was at, almost every attack could kill me in one hit!

By FAR the hardest non-bonus boss in the series - xandermartin98

23 Hermie III

This guy was tough on my first playthrough, and still gives me trouble to this day. - JTLH101

This guy had way too much HP to the point it takes forever to make him lose half of the HP! - darthvadern

24 Bob Landrik
25 Alpha Kretin (Bowser's Inside Story)

This boss was hard! I want to have the remake let you play as Starlow during the fight instead of Luigi.

26 Chuckolator

I don't remember this being hard - darthvadern

27 Blizzard Midbus
28 Wendy (Superstar Saga)

I don't remember much - darthvadern

29 Mammoshka (Dream Team)
30 Earthwake (Dream Team)
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Top Remixes

1. Cackletta Soul
2. Princess Shroob / Elder Princess Shroob
3. Dreamy Bowser
1. Dreamy Bowser
2. Princess Shroob / Elder Princess Shroob
3. Cackletta Soul


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